Former LoL World Champion Toyz's Prison Sentence Appeal Denied in Taiwan
Curtis 'Toyz' Lau, the 2012 League of Legends World Champion, has his appeal denied by the Taiwan High Court, upholding his prison sentence for marijuana trafficking.
The esports world was rocked by the news of Curtis 'Toyz' Lau's downfall. A celebrated figure in the League of Legends (LoL) community, Lau's journey from glory to ignominy is both intriguing and cautionary. Lau, who made a name for himself as a mid-laner for the Taipei Assassins, is remembered for his pivotal role in winning the 2012 World Championship. This victory was not just a personal triumph but also a defining moment in LoL history, leading to the creation of five Taipei Assassins-themed skins in the game, including one for the mid-lane champion Orianna.
However, Lau's life took a dramatic turn. On September 29, 2021, he was arrested in Taiwan on suspicions of drug trafficking. The police discovered marijuana at his residence and evidence indicating his intention to distribute the drug. This arrest was a part of Taiwan's broader crackdown on drug trafficking, with marijuana classified as a Class 2 illegal drug in the country.
The severity of Lau's situation became evident when the Taiwan High Court upheld his four-year and two-month prison sentence on December 6. This decision followed Lau's guilty verdict for trafficking and selling marijuana, involving purchases close to $20,000 in marijuana pods.
The report further revealed Lau's alleged involvement in a scheme where he asked gang members to hire individuals for selling 200 pods of marijuana, planning to share the profits. Lau was sentenced on November 24, 2022, on six counts of drug trafficking, though he still has the option to appeal his case.